Lawyers love to donate

September 15, 2008
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Lawyers like to give money to campaigns. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, lawyers and the legal industry in Indiana are the second-leading industry in donations to political campaigns. In 2008, the legal community has donated nearly $1 million. Retirees in Indiana lead the state in donations – go figure.

Our state’s top contributors include Baker & Daniels, Barnes & Thornburg, and Ice Miller. Those three firms’ political action groups and attorneys have collectively donated $371,361 to local and national campaigns, and other political action groups.

Data from the Center for Responsive Politics also reveals how much money lawyers and law firms nationwide have donated to the presidential candidates. Republican nominee Sen. John McCain has received $8 million; Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama has received three times that amount. Taking a look at long-term donations to political parties by lawyers and law firms, the amount of donations to the Democratic Party has consistently been more than donations to the Republican Party by nearly three-to-one.

Why are Democrats more often on the receiving end of donations from attorneys and law firms instead of Republicans? Are Democratic attorneys more likely to donate than Republicans to political parties or is it more attorneys agree with the ideas of the Democratic Party?
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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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